Storm weakens off Mexican coast


Associated Press

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 2:04 PM

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Raymond, which is still sitting off Mexico's Pacific coast near Acapulco, is weakening -- with its top winds down to near 90 miles an hour. And forecasters say further weakening is expected during the next 48 hours.

They say they expect the storm to move slowly and erratically today, possibly moving closer to the coast of Mexico.

It's been drifting about 85 miles off the coast, which was already battered last month by Tropical Storm Manuel. That storm caused more than $1.7 billion in damage, and left about 120 people dead.

Even if Raymond doesn't move inland, it could still bring additional flooding and mudslides to the area.

There are no reports of torrential rains today, but sporadic rains fell in some parts of the region. Streets are flooded in Acapulco, where roads have been reinforced with sandbags.

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APPHOTO MXMU104: An aerial view seen from an airplane window, south of Acapulco, Punta Diamante, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Hurricane Raymond weakened somewhat Tuesday but remained firmly planted just 85 miles (135 kilometers) off Mexico's already storm-battered Pacific coast. There were no reports of torrential rains Tuesday, but sporadic rains fell in some parts of the state and some streets flooded in soaked Acapulco, where city workers reinforced roads with sand bags. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) (22 Oct 2013)

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